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laura trevelyan. impeachment finally moves forward. the house will vote on wednesday to send charges against the president to the senate, as both sides prepare for a trial that could start in days. european nations put iran under his overhe breaches ofuclear deal. tehran blames the u.s. the royal cover are welcomed and canada, but how much will it cost to protect them? s why the detail harry and meghan's start proving tricky. laura: for those watching on pbs and around the globe, welcome to "world news america." after waiting nearly a month, u.s. house speaker nancy pelosi t about to send articles of impeachment agaiesident trump to the senate. in his trial -- then his child can begin. speaker pelosi says-- trial can begin.
speaker pelosi says that the president and the senators will be held accountable. ersenate majority leitch mcconnell says the trial will start next tuesday the 21st. esthe ent calls impeachment a scam and a hoax command republican allies are ppared to mount a defense. i was joined earlier by a senior writer for "roll call." have democrats gained leverage by waiting to send the articles of ieachment? >> it is not clear how much leverage they haveedctually achi yet, although they have managed to at least discover that a handful of republican senators want to have a separate vote later on on whether or not there is going toes be wis called. at least of the outset of th trial, there will not be an effort by repuicans to either dismiss the trial out of hand or
to prevent their from being any witnesses called on the front end. laura: mitch mcconnell did say that both sides will want to call witnesses. does that mean to say we could see joe and hunter biden, maybe? >> i think that is the threat, at least, that republicans are making. rand paul, a republican senator who is from kentucky like mcconnell, he has been saying that once the pandora's box opens to witnesses being called like a john bolton, former national security advisor, democrats -- and others democrats may want to c bl, it willhard for republicans to block witnesses at president trump or his lawyers may want to call as well. laura: is the outcome of the prident's trial a foregone conclusion? we know that he is going to be acquitted absolutely? niels: well, the question is really n whether or not
ultimately the president is going to b acquitted, unless some really remarkable new testimony or fax we don't currently have. it takes two tnards of the se for a conviction, so there's not that much. i guess the real question is whether or not there will be any republicans who will ultimately vote in favor of conviction on eihaer of the two articles t were sent over from the house. laura: and how important is the naming of the impeachment house managers in this process? niels: so we are still waiting to learn the names of the house managers. one of thehings that is of note is that speaker peli may not actually announced who those nagers are until tomorrow, the date of the house is voting on the resolution to send them over. we should see those house managers in the senate either thursday or tuesday of next
week, but it is still somewhat shrouded in mystery who exactly the speaker is going to appoint. we will wait for that before we can talk too much more on who the managers will be. laura: thanks so much for being with us. against that backdrop of impeachment, the top six democratic candidates for president will debate tonight and iowa. it is the last showdown befords that state hts caucus in early february. i sitti sta senators and will have is the time between impeachment, where they will sit as jurors, and the campaign trail. i spoke to the bbc's gary o'donoghue, who is in des moines. inyou arhe spin room. what are they saying about what the trial means on stage in iowa tonight? gary: it is definitely going to complicate things for those three senators, because of looks like the travel not just above of against the--bob up against the iowa caucus, but could still
be going by the time of the new hampshire primary. there is a way in and out for those three senatorso move back and forth between washington, but they will be stuck in the senate for up to five hours a day. that will limit our campaigning and gives joe biden, former vice esident, a potential opening to extend his lead. he has a lead in one poll and is a connect and other once-- neck and nec k iother once. in these an opening to him to capitalize on that absence and consolidate a win. laura: what are you watchi for in tonight's debate? the sparks are going to fight between previous tells senators warren and sanders? ry: they've been playing a pretty big ding-dong in the media over allegations that bernie sanders said a woman something he denies it saying
and said it was crossed wires. elizabeth warren says she wants to put that want to sleep, not going to raise it, but he could be an opportunity for amy klobuchar. she could make this a women's issue tonight. she doeseed to make a big impact because she is one of the two candidates down in single digits w might need a big lifeline if they don't make an impact in the caucus in 20 day'' time. laura: what are yoiohearing from voters about joe biden and the durability or otherwise of his support? gary: well, his sprport has been ty solid. ironically in iowa, it has dipped away to become a candidate. when he was not on the ballot, he was over 30% particularly in thnational polls. but he is still a solid part of the top-tier of candidates. there is this fear that joe biden alwaysil implodes,he do it again this time. and also, the question is he has
electabilit the candidate, the men who can beat trump, and the foreign policy debate over the killing of soleimani has some effect in playing into the narrative, but it does expose him to the other accusations from people like bernie sanders that he supported the iraq war with his va:e. la gary o'donoghue there for us in des moines, iowa, thank you. a plane heading in for a landing at los angeles fuel on the playground of a nearby element tree school, as you can see from this mobile phone footage filmed by a witness. city fire officials say more than a dozen children and a number of adults suffered minor inries. the plane itself landed safely. peter prose is in los angeles and joins us with more. what exactly seems to have happened? was this an emergency landing? peter: it seems to he been an emergency landing. we know from the federal
aviation administration the delta airlinesha flightaken off from los angeles international airport, declared emergency, and then returned to the airport and landed safely . this is about the same time that the emergency services were called to this school in a suburb of los angeles. childr and some adults at the school in the playground were repoing skin irritation. some 70 firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene and were treating these people at the scene. no one was taken a hospital. according to the fire service, they have confirmed as far asrn they are conce that this was jet fuel. the federal aviation admistration says it is aware of the reports and is looking into the circumstances of these children and treated for those skin irritation injuries. laura: peter, how are people reacting? this is every parent's e.rst
nightm peter: this is clearly shocking, and parents were notified straig away as soon as ssible to go to the school to take their children home. of course, when a plane comes in for an emergency i landingis not unknown for a field on to take place-- fuel dump to take twice. but it would not happen in a populated area, it would have a net higher altitudewhere the fuel is dispersed before it reaches the ground. as far as officials are concerned, investigators, there her lot to look int laura: there are special fuel- dumping procedures if you are operating near to a major airport. there are big questions the faa is going to be asking. peter:s,l, hat is the key question, why is it turns out to be the case that this airliner was dumping fuel over a school and managed to hit children in the playground, why
at that particular place? what was the extent of the emergency the aircraft was vi? could it have been avoided? all of these questions in the very early stages of an investigation. laura: thank you. in other news, boeing delivered 380 planes in 2019, less than half the previous year's number due to the 737 max crisis. urthe u.s. aircraft manufa said it was the spending production of the jet, which has been grounded since march of last year following two fatal crashes. davidr calhoun, who took o chief executive on monday, says his priority is the max's safe son of media tycoon rupert murdoch has accused the family business ofge denying, . jas murdoch says that a link to the australian bushfire crisis is being ignored. rupert murdoch owns 3 major
newspapers which have accused politicians of being alarmist over climate change. 9n people have blled and 16 injured after a sinkhole swallowed a bus in a northwest china, triggering an explosion. several people disappeared into the sinkhole, as it spread, eventually covering an area of 10 meters. sinkholes are common in china. they are often construction and the country's rapid pace of economic development. europe nations have put iran on notice over its breaches of the 2016 nuclear agreeme. that deal was a bus to stop iran from being able to build a nuclear bomb. tehran has been lifting limits on imaged uranium production in response to u.s. sanctions and rising tensions with america. iranian officials say they are justified in what they are doing. france, germany, and the u.k. disagree. has been triggered. to explain all of this, i was former u.s. spokesperson to the
united nations. can the europeans get iranians to comply with the deal again? hagar: i think it is a small chance. i think for the u.k., the french and th germans to invoke this disputen resolut, i think it is an effort to save the deal. it is aasditch effort. for a while the europeas have said t a priority to them, and even after the assassination of cost and soleimani, the former chief said that we implore the iranians to comply with the nuclear deal. it is clear it is a priority for them. f i think the chancess working are very small. laura:re t europeans really going to sanion iran if they don't comply with the deal, do you think? hagar: i don't think they will do it alone. i think they will only do it if it is through the u.s
death through the u.n.--if it is through the u.n. a joint commission is automatically created. thpjoint commission is made of the parties of the dealan. d that commission will try and solveua the son and come to a resolution within 15 days. those 15 days can be extended further, days.not later than 60 in that time period, should know resolution be reached, the complaints of those who filed the ench, and the germans,., would send a formal complaint to the un security council saying that iran is officia violation of the deal. what happens there i sa very slippepe. it is actually a fait accompli, has to pass a resolution inil order to not reimpose sanctions on iran, meaning those sanctions will snap back, and given the u.s. veto, it is likely they would snap back in that type of
instance. that is the only way i see the imeuropeansed sanctions. i don't see them joining the u.s.um maxressure campaign,t would expect the organs to implement those sanctions. laura: when you see iranians protesting on the streets, what they really want is release from u.s. sanctions, and that is not on the table at all, especially at this front moment. -- fraught moment. gar: no, certainly not from hae united states. ng been on the other side of sanctions during the iran negotiations, sanctions really or any form of sanctions relief is usually given one good-face asures have been taken on both sides. it doesn't mean that a resolution or agbeement needs to eached first, but it does mean that certain positive steps need to be taken in advance. hethat wasase under the obama administration. under the trump administration, president trump has said clrly
that sanctions really is not an option on the table. i believe him with that, and i believe that mainly -- in fact, i know the trump administration, their main goal is not nuclear al version 2.0. their main objection is to siphon the financial flows from roe revolutionary guard corps to the terroristes and militias in the region. the sanctions have been sfsuccn that regard. given that there is no real deal on the horizon come in it a bit difficult to envision. laura: hagar chemali, thanks for being with us. you're watching "bbc world news america." still to come on tonight's program, tough talk aimed at beijing. why time once reelected president says--taiwan's reelected president says china's leaders must resct the will of hereople. states, fast food is eveomwhere,
he road stop with the kids to the quick bite at the airport. england's smallest county has been bucking that trend, with no burger king or mcdonald's inside. that is possibly until now. reporter: the last fortress against the expansion plans of ltinational fast-food chains. ntmcdonald's to open on a retail park just outside the serving up happy meals here is not to everyone's taste. >> for me it is the only county without a mcdonald's, and that is something that is so unique and special about what we d if you want one, you can drive 15 minutes out of county and then come back and enjoy our little gem and support what we have that isifferent and unue. reporter: but the drive-through is dividing opinion. >> is a small towns like ours don't move with the don't end up being a healthy town. >>ag 100% e. >> is it the big talking poin
? >> why should it be? mcdonald's will be great for the town. itill give loads of kids a job. >> on the countrysid that is all you see, fast-food rubbish into ditches. adding tthat, the obesity problem will not be helped. >> there are lots of good places to eat in this vicinity, and i think a place like that might undermine the other places. reporter: the majority of the town council is supporting the plan. >> 60 jobs, 30 part-time, 30 full-time, and it will take on the young and take on the old. in my eyes it is a win-win situation. reporter: the burger chain hopes its golden arches will find a home in this historic county, but not all rutlanders hore an appetite change.
laur china needs to face reality and respect the will of taiwanese peoe, so says taiwan's newly reelected president. that chinese pressu is intensifying, but she once that any action could prove costly to beijing. john sudworth has more from taiwan's capital, taipei. john: it was her warnings about china that hit home with voters. now she has something too say beijing. pres. tsai: this is a strong message from the people of taiwan that they don't like the idea of being threatened all the time. we are a successful democracy, we have a pretty decent economy. we deserve respect from china.
john: her critics say she is reckless, that she risks provoking china. but her promise to stand up for taiwan saw her reelected in a landslide. pres. tsai: has been intensifying its threat. they also through actions come military exercises, and they have military vessels,aft cruising around the island, and also with things happening in hong kong, people gea real sense that this threat is real. jo: your predecessor was able to preserve taiwanese democracy whilst building stronger ties with china. ouwhat is not to like that approach? pres. tsai: the situation has changed. were facing a very different situation now. john: taiwan is also changing.
the first place in asia to legalize gay marriage, it is, she says, growing ever more diinct from china. pres. tsai: we are an independent country already. we have the military and we have elections. john: few statements are likely to infuriate china more with pressure down to to increase. taiwan's military is being beefed up. pres. tsai: you cannot exclude the possibility of a war at any time. john: do you think you would be able to stand up to military tion? pres. tsai: i do think we have a pretty decent capability here. invading taiwan is something that is going to be very costly for china. john: s ss she plans to further strengthen taiwan's
democracy, the very thing that divides it from its authoritarian neighbor may in the end prove its most powerful defense. john sudworth, bbc news, taiwan. laura: cana's prime minister is ready to welcome prince harry and his wife, meghan, to e commonweal country, justin trudeau does want to know who will pay for the coupls security. on monday, the queen signed off on a period of transition for thens royals, but quest remain for how that will work. reporter:ti there may s be much to resolve, but what is clear is that canada will be home for harry and meghan for part of the year. they know the country well. the couple make their first public appearance in toronto at the games, and meghan's acting career saw her live in canada for seven years. for the country's prime minister, positive sounding but with a hint of caution.
prime min. trudeau: we are not entirely sure what the dispositions are, and those are decisions for them. most canadians are very supportive of having royals be here, but how that looks and what kind of cost is involved, there is lots of discussions to have. reporter: on vancouver island, meghan is currently based with baby archie, opinion was divided on who should pay for the security. >> the queen. >> the u.k.en gover i think, because they are still tied to report closer to home, the for the sussexes was something the prime minister would not be awon. prime min. johnson: i'm eysolutely confident that are going to sort this out, and you know what, i think they will be able to sort it out easier without any particular commentary for me. reporter: the duke of cambridge,
pictured yesterday lea sandringham after the meeting with brother, father, grandmother. it lasted about two hours, and that statement from the queen afterwards tinged with regret confirmed that har and meghan had her approvato carve out an dependent life for themselves. opt outmplicated andey want to deeply personal. those who have worked with harry believe s focus has shifted and he wants something diffent from life. >>er whet is service in afghanistan, whatever sort of traumas he has experienced in his life, the biggest changeco s from being a father, and ultimately his new family that he is forging is his number one priority. reporter: the queen has set a timetable for the next steps. she wants final decisions to be reached in the coming days, as she reluctantly freeze harry and meghan from what they clearly see to be the constraints of royal le.
laura: well, harry and meghan are not ye filiar with the perils and pitfalls of the midlife crisis. that point in life when you feel that the best is behind you and is not enough road ahead. a new economic study has been pointed out exact age of misery, and it is 47 years old. according to a new study, that is when we are most likely to experience feelings of despair, loneliness, depression, and a loss in confidence. -- tse who are married tend to be happier. ere you have it. i missed my feeling terrible foreign half years ago but i guess mhusband helped me through it. i am laura trevelyan. thanks for wating "bbc world news america." announcer: funding for this presentation is made possible by... the freeman foundation; by judy and peter blum-kovler foundation, pursuing solutions for america's neected needs;
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